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    Target announces Starbucks as coffee retailer for Canadian stores (Starbucks Newsroom)

    Loblaws launching loyalty program to coincide with Target entry (Globe and Mail)

    Zellers reviews options for outlets ‘left behind’ (Globe and Mail)

    Canadian malls are the Target of expansion(Montreal Gazette)

    Sobeys and Target: a winning combination (Financial Post)

    Target’s rejected sites in high demand by rival retailers (Globe & Mail)

    Walmart, Canadian Tire in Target's crosshairs (Financial Post)

    What we can expect: Tony Fisher talks about Target Canada (Financial Post)

    Target’s Canadian foray hits cost hurdle (Globe & Mail)

    Announcement of which Zellers are to convert coming by end of May? CTV

    "Death of Canadian retail greatly exaggerated" Rona CEO (Financial Post

    Impact on Canadian Tire (Financial Post)

    Canadian Retail Industry Viewpoints (Profit Magazine)







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    Target's problems run deeper than Canada: Analyst

    Target’s problems run deeper than the 130 stores in Canada, according Janney Capital Markets analyst David Strasser.

    His firm is more concerned with shrinking profit margins in the U.S., which has 1,795 stores and where new chief executive officer Brian Cornell took charge effective today.

    Cornell replaces former CEO Gregg Steinhafel.

    “Our contention is the retail environment, led by online retailers and WMT (Walmart), has structurally changed industry margin dynamics and Mr. Cornell will need to readjust TGT’s (Target’s) margin expectations to adapt to this new world,” according to a research note from issued Monday by Strasser and his associates at Janney.

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    Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn to Exit Toronto's 100 Bloor Street West

    Early next year, Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn will exit Toronto's 100 Bloor Street West. As a result, about 37,000 square feet of new retail space will become available in the heart of Canada's 'Mink Mile'. 100 Bloor's landlord substantially raised its rents, according to sources. 

    Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, and Pottery Barn Kids have occupied spaces at 100 Bloor Street West since 2001. 

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    Kate Spade to Open at Park Royal

    Attention Kate Spade lovers! Vancouver’s first Kate Spade boutique opens this fall at Park Royal in West Vancouver. 

    The 2,000 square foot store will locate next to Michael Kors in the mall’s Park Royal South.

    Kate Spade plans to open stores Canada-wide, according to a source at the company. Its first location outside of the Toronto area opened this spring at West Edmonton Mall. Spade’s two Toronto stores include a 4,000 square foot unit at 138 Cumberland Street in the Yorkville area, as well as a 1,620 square foot location at Yorkdale Shopping Centre. Spade also operates two Canadian outlet stores, at the Toronto Premium Outlets, and the Outlet Collection at Niagara.

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    Google and Barnes & Noble team up on same-day delivery

    Dive Brief:

    • Starting Thursday in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, Barnes & Noble will deliver books the same day they are ordered via Google Shopping Express.

    • Barnes & Noble has struggled with growing its e-commercebusiness and has closed several underperforming stores.

    • Google Shopping Express launched a year ago and is offering a free six-month trial, with a charge of $5 per order after that for non-members. No word yet on what membership would cost.

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